Head Coach Guy Kalland (32nd season)
Record at Carleton: 428-366 through 2014-15
Career Record: same
Phone: (507) 222-4055
The 2014-15 season was Guy Kalland's 32nd year on the Knights’ bench, in which he earned his 425th career win, making him one of only two active coaches in the MIAC with more than 300 wins at his respective institution. Kalland has earned MIAC Coach-of-the-Year honors twice, 2006 and 2011.
With Kalland at the helm, the Knights finished fourth in the MIAC standings two years ago with a 12-8 record in conference play. The Knights ended the season with a 16-11 overall record, and advanced to semifinals of the MIAC Playoffs. The 2010-11 season saw the Knights win a share of the MIAC's regular-season title, the program’s 20th overall conference title and its second in the last seven years.
Kalland and the Knights made an improbable run to get into the 2010 MIAC Playoffs by going 9-1 in the conference’s second half of the regular season. In the postseason, they upset nationally-ranked St. Thomas in the MIAC Playoff Semifinals and toppled Gustavus Adolphus in the conference championship to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the second time in Kalland’s tenure.
Kalland is Carleton’s all-time leader in coaching victories and has led the Knights to winning seasons 20 times. The Knights have qualified for the MIAC Playoffs in 11 out of the last 14 seasons and 20 times overall under Kalland’s watch, including 19 of the last 26 seasons.
His teams are well prepared and play an intelligent, hard-nosed style at both ends of the floor. The Knights ranked first in the MIAC in scoring defense for the 2014-15 season, allowing 60.8 points per game, while giving up an average of only 61.5 points per game over the last four seasons. The squad has led all NCAA schools in fewest fouls per game four out the past seven seasons, including the 2013-14 campaign.
The 2009-2010 season’s run mirrored that of the 2005–06 season, when Kalland and the Knights reeled off 17 straight MIAC regular-season wins en route to the program’s first conference title since 1965–66. The Knights advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, and Kalland was recognized as the MIAC and West Region coach of the year.
A 1974 graduate of Concordia College-Moorhead, Kalland is a professor in the Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation department at Carleton. Kalland and his wife, Linda, have a daughter, Abby Kershaw, a 2004 graduate of Carleton.
Assistant Coach Ryan Kershaw (2nd season)
Phone: (507) 222-5856
Ryan Kershaw will begin his third season on the Knights bench during the 2015-16 season. No stranger to the MIAC, he has spent the last 14 seasons as a player and coach within the conference. Prior to joining the athletic department at Carleton, Kershaw served six seasons as the top assistant coach at Augsburg College where he played a significant role in guiding the Auggies to one of the most impressive turnarounds in recent MIAC history. During the five-season span from 2008-2013, the Auggies recorded the second-highest winning percentage among conference squads (.647) and appeared in the post-season four times, including a trip to the 2013 conference playoff championship game. During the 2012-13 season, the Auggies recorded an overall record of 21-7, the highest single-season win total for an Augsburg team since 1999. Kershaw played four seasons at another MIAC school, St. Olaf College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in social studies education in 2004. He then spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for the Oles before accepting a position at Augsburg where he completed his master’s degree in leadership in 2013.
In addition to his coaching duties, Kershaw also assists in the Sports Information Department at Carleton. He and his wife, Abby ’04, and their son, Cade (2), live in Northfield.
Student-Assistant Brian Kremers '16
Brian Kremers '16 returns for his third season on the Knights bench during the 2014-15 season. In his role as student-assistant, Kremers assists with numerous aspects of the programs day-to-day operations. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Kremers is a Political Science major at Carleton.
Student-Assistant Tristan Leigh '17
Tristan Leigh '17 is in his first season as a member of the Carleton staff. In his role as student-assistant, Leigh assists with numerous aspects of the programs day-to-day operations, including involvement with the team's video exchange program. A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Leigh is a computer science major, and also assists with the Carleton Volleyball program during the fall season.